Category: Pietro Cottone

Impulsivity a Risk Factor for Food Addiction, Study Says

May 14th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Boston Magazine, Newsmakers, Pietro Cottone, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Pietro Cottone, School of Medicine

Remember the “you can’t eat just one” potato chip commercials? Well, it turns out that advertising campaign may have been on to something. Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers have discovered that impulsive behavior, such as eating that whole bag of chips, may not be something that is easily controlled and could be a risk factor for food addiction and eating disorders…

Expert quote:

“While impulsivity might have aided ancestors to choose calorie-rich foods when food was scarce, our study results suggest that, in today’s calorie-rich environment, impulsivity promotes pathological overeating.”

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Could Impulsive Behavior Lead To Food Addiction?

May 13th, 2014 in 2014, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Pietro Cottone, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Pietro Cottone, School of Medicine

There’s a well-established link between impulsive behavior and addiction in scientific literature, but which came first: impulsiveness, or the addiction? While the question poses a difficult research challenge in humans, scientists from the Boston University School of Medicine believe that in rats, at least, impulsive behavior precedes food addiction…

Expert quote:

“We now know with this study that impulsivity is present beforehand, and can present risk factors for overeating. We observed that the [rats] who were more impulsive were also the ones who showed the food addiction behavior.”

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Food addiction linked to impulsivity

May 12th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Pietro Cottone, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Pietro Cottone, School of Medicine

For many, the ability to ‘eat just one’ of a tempting treat, be it a potato chip or a chocolate chip cookie, is practically impossible…

Expert quote:

“While impulsivity might have aided ancestors to choose calorie-rich foods when food was scarce, our study results suggest that, in today’s calorie-rich environment, impulsivity promotes pathological overeating.”

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